Female Human Animal

  |  Book Tickets: 09/10/2018
  |  74 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
Female Human Animal Film Poster


Shot in the real-life contemporary art world, Female Human Animal is a psycho-thriller about a creative woman disenchanted with what modern life — and modern men — have to offer her. The Tate Gallery recently staged a retrospective of the surrealist Leonora Carrington (1917- 2011), famously the lover of Max Ernst. Novelist Chloe Aridjis, who knew the artist from her native Mexico, was made guest curator of the exhibition. Set between the real-life curation of the Tate show and something more fantasised, Female Human Animal sees Chloe increasingly disappointed by her milieu — and increasingly haunted by Carrington’s strange artworks. When an elusive, brooding man seems to offer more, Chloe begins to pursue him, but is she hunter, or hunted? Enabled by Carrington’s own defiantly mysterious mythology, she descends into a world of obsession. Shot on a rare 1980s video camera with a uniquely lurid, nostalgic colour response, and deftly weaving fact and fiction, Female Human Animal is a darkly romantic fantasia of a woman who goes beyond societal norms. Featuring the Volksbuhne's Marc Hosemann, Patrick O'Kane (Game of Thrones) and Angus Wright (Peepshow), cameos from cultural figures like Marina Warner, Juliet Jacques, Adam Thirlwell and Tom McCarthy, and new music from Andy Cooke, Yasmine Kittles and OMD’s Andy McCluskey, Female Human Animal Director Josh Appignanesi and subject Chloe Aridjis join us for a post-screening Q&A. "Near-uncategorisable. It punctures the pretentiousness of the art world-- and it's a triumph." The Observer "Appignanesi's extraordinary hybrid documentary fuses surrealism and reality.. A remarkable & surprising portrait of artist Leonora Carrington and novelist Chloe Aridjis." Cineuropa